Another summer is drawing to a close, and you’re probably just a little relieved. Summer sounds great when you’re daydreaming through February, but this has been a long, hot summer for a lot of us. Horses and humans alike are ready for a little bit of a cool-down.
Of course, horses being horses, there are unique health hazards associated with the autumn season. We have a few things to watch out for as the leaves change and the temperature cools. These are all autumn hazards for your horse.
Have you ever noticed a horse deliberately eating
We typically think of the vaccine schedule in spring, when pre-partum mares require boosters, and insect-borne illness is on the rise. But could your horses also need fall vaccines? The answer lies in both your performance schedule and your regional risk factors. Let’s look at a few vaccinations which you might want to add to your fall healthcare check-list.
Tetanus: The tetanus bacteria know no season; they can lie dormant in soil and find their way into your horse’s system through a wound. Vaccinated horses should receive an annual booster, but if your […]
You’ve perfected your horse show packing list. You’re a pro. But horse show packing goes way beyond remembering all your tack and brushes. Take these extras with you to your next horse show and you’ll be ready for any eventuality.
Personal Medicine Kit: Of course you have every medication your horse could ever need stashed in your trailer, plus bandages of every description. Don’t forget about you — you’re working pretty hard, too! Make sure you have a human first aid kid with band-aids, burn cream, cortisone (for bug bites and allergic reactions […]
Lately I have written about summer topics like the importance of electrolytes and automatic waterers. This year’s summer is shaping up to be one for the record books in many parts of the country. With heat waves gripping the nation, broken up only by heavy storms with damaging wind and flooding rains, how is a horseman supposed to keep the horses healthy, safe, and fit during all this extreme weather? Here are five tips to keep your horses happy during as we head towards the dog days of summer.
1. Water for everyone: Water in buckets, water […]
Polo wraps are one of the oldest forms of support and protection for a working horse’s legs. When done up properly, their uniform look and striking color contrast with the horse’s coat color is very appealing. A horse with good polo wraps looks workmanlike, and if you’ve ever worked with a trainer who believes perfect groom equals success, you probably appreciate the distinction.
They’re not easy to master, however, and that’s important, because improper polo wraps can do far more harm than good. Let’s take a look at polo wraps and how they should […]
With the Fourth of July upon us, it’s officially fireworks season in the United States. Are you prepared for the potential effects of fireworks near your farm? Fireworks can be hazards in a multitude of ways, whether it’s the physical debris or the loud noise. Here are some tips to assess your fireworks preparedness level.
1. Know your neighbors. It can be difficult to keep up with neighbors in rural areas, especially if you’re on large properties. If you aren’t sure who lives next door, you might want to think creatively to introduce yourself […]
Horse treats aren’t just rewards for a job well done. A horse treat can add refreshment and entertainment to your horse’s life, encouraging natural behaviors even if their stall-bound life doesn’t exactly resemble the open grasslands horses are designed to inhabit. Horses are foragers by nature, picking out the good from the bad while grazing, so offering them treats that require a little more work than a pile of hay is a great way to enrich their lives.
You can buy plenty of stall toys that work by hiding treats. Doctors Foster and Smith offer a […]
Electrolytes: a simple supplement which can cause impassioned arguments in the equestrian world. Feed commercial electrolytes in feed — no, put it in the water! — but electrolytes are to make horses drink more water! — just put salt in their feed — they only need mineral blocks…. And so on.
Here’s the most simple definition of what electrolytes do: electrolytes keep a horse’s cells operational and hydrated. When a horse’s electrolyte levels are off, their cells stop operating properly, water isn’t carried to the cells which need it most, and metabolic problems result — conditions like tying up, which we […]